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Fountain of youth


I have a special fountain pen. It’s an Art Deco original, a Parker Duofold in a glorious jazz pattern, with a gold nib. It’s been used for all the major signatures of my adult life: marriage register, birth certificate, job acceptances. It writes beautifully with a broad, stylish and bold line.

At least it did.

It came out of the paternal cufflink/watch box for a signature today, and the nib was at a glorious wonk. The pen, dear readers, had been toddlered. That dangerous moment of quiet when a Grifflet is unseen and unheard has claimed its latest victim.

Annoyed, disappointed, saddened, yes.

But also, with warmth, one of the moments of being a Dad. That’s what happens when a gentleman of two is trying to emulate his old man by signing (in this case) the top of a dressing table.

I’d rather have him than the pen.

(Although both would be even better!)

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Personal views of a wordsmithing, sartorialist, horn-playing, state school Oxonian dad, rugby ref, recovering politico, and fan of vintage tailoring, Ralph Lauren style, and sharp writing.

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